> So far, Sprint Nextel is doing something right as its subscribers
>> spend the highest average amount for data services in the industry.
> Something right for the stockholders, or something right for the
> customers? Many of us are severely annoyed by the nickle-and-dime
> pricing approach of the carriers. We might pay a proportionate amount
> extra for a worthwhile service, but $$ for a ringtone? More money for
> a 10-second audio clip than for a full track on iTunes? Mature adults > just say no.
>> Charles Golvin of Forrester Research said a recent survey indicated
>> few cellular customers choose a phone based on its usability,
>> typically because they either don't think there's anything better or,
>> like Bales in Kansas City, don't think they need those services.
> One thing Sprint is doing wrong, IMHO, is narrowing the choice of
> phones available. They don't offer simple phones any more. I know that
> electronic economics means you can always get more for less as time
> passes, but sometimes you still just want less.
> I'm in the market for a new phone. I want a "candy-bar" style phone
> with a USB connector that allows me to manage my name list using my
> computer. I don't own or want to own any Windows or Mac systems. I
> don't care about a camera or browser. I don't care about a color
> screen. I do want a keyboard with all the numbers of equal size and
> arranged in a rectangular grid and with very few additional keys. The
> keys should be essentially the only moving parts on the phone. Can
> anyone suggest a candidate for my business?
> Dave Close, Compata, Costa Mesa CA "Greed is to the moralists of the
> firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 714 434 7359 left what sex is to the moralists
> email@example.com of the right." - Cathy Young
Sounds like you need to combine the Nokia 1100 from Tracfone
with the USB cable from
and you should have what you are asking for.